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A Brief Note on Groundhog Day – Parsha Vayigash

The elements of God’s design for one line of Abraham’s descendants begin to mesh in Parsha Vayigash. He had promised that they would be, at some future point, a great nation, both in reputation and number but, again at some … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Sticky Sagas – Parsha Miketz

In Parsha Lech Lecha the Torah records some of God’s promises to Abraham; that his descendants would be given a land of their own and that they would prosper, be great in numbers and in repute. There was a third … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Dramatic Tragedy – Parsha Vayeshev

The saga of Jacob and his sons has the air of brutal honesty; he and his mother deceive Isaac and then he in turn is deceived by his wives to be Leah and Rachel. Moreover, he is deceived by his … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Dishonouring Honour/Honouring Dishonour – Parsha Vayishlach

Honour is a very amorphous concept whose exercise is often guided by very subjective determinants. In Parsha VaYishluch, the idea of honour; what it is and to whom does it belong, is illustrated by two incidents that stand apart from the … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Loss – Parsha Chaye Sarah

Abraham is one of the great hero’s of the Torah, a brave warrior, a generous host and uncle, and most importantly a loyal and noble man with complete and absolute faith in God. What He said, he heeded; what he … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Angels – Parsha VaYera

It should remain clear that the Torah was written purposefully and very successfully to; inter alia provoke discussion, which leads to more discussion and continual interpretations. In that regard, it has been very successful. These discussions can at times elucidate the distinct … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on the Good Book – Parsha Lech-Lecha

Traditional commentators shy from labeling the Torah as a book of history or science and reject attempts to describe it as literature, notwithstanding as a reporter of lives lived, challenges met and events unfolding, it most certainly is. Importantly, it … Continue reading

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